News and Analysis (6/30/09)

Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire are among those taken captive:

Despite security concerns, June 30th marks a symbolic day for the sovereignty of Iraq …

…  as BP and China’s CNPC secure the lucrative contracts designed to “finance infrastructure projects across Iraq – schools, roads, airports, housing, hospitals”:

As expected, the limited recount confirms Ahmadinejad’s election and protesters are left with “few options.” With over 650 persons detained, one writer says, “There is no future here for independent-thinking, cultured people”:

Taliban militants of North Waziristan will likely join the combat against the Pakistani military in South Waziristan:

“The group’s findings in Gaza suggest that ‘the weapon itself isn’t the problem…It’s the way it’s used that is'” -Marc Garlasco, the senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch:

Artists and entrepreneurs of Lahore buckle under pressure from Taliban extremists; a rock drummer is chided for NOT growing a beard:

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